Dr. Vielle-Calzada is a professor at the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute in Irapuato, Mexico. He received a Ph.D. in genetics in 1995 from Texas A&M; University. He went on to do postdoctoral work at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. In 2004, he received the National Young Investigator Award from the Mexican National Academy of Sciences and, in 2006, he was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
RESEARCH ABSTRACT SUMMARY:
Jean-Philippe Vielle-Calzada's research seeks to answer the question: How does a somatic cell become a plant embryo? His work focuses on the genetic basis and molecular mechanisms that control female gametogenesis and early embryo formation in Arabidopsis thaliana and on the developmental events that distinguish sexuality from apomixis, a method of asexual reproduction through seeds that has great potential for crop improvement.
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